CFHS code : HT68
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH ANN ABIGAL beloved wife of ARTHUR KIRBYSHIRE d 21 Aug 1931 aged 70 also ARTHUR husband d Feb 4th 1934 aged 76 also EDWARD HERBERT KIRBYSHIRE 18 Jan 1914 aged 25
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This headstone is located two rows east of the south path as it bends to the north, in the south east corner of the cemetery.
In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH ANN ABIGAL beloved wife of ARTHUR KIRBYSHIRE d 21 Aug 1931 aged 70
Also ARTHUR husband d Feb 4th 1934 aged 76
Also EDWARD HERBERT KIRBYSHIRE 18 Jan 1914 aged 25
Elizabeth Ann Abigal Kirbyshire (nee Scarr) (c.1861 – 21 August 1931)
Elizabeth was born in Cambridge and married Arthur Kirbyshire in 1884 when she was 23 years old. They had six children: Mary Elizabeth (1884-), Elsie Violet (1887-1959), Edward Herbert (1888-1914), Arthur Scarr (1889-1948), Daisy Pressland (1891-1968) and Florence Ivy (1893-1975). Arthur worked as the manager of a Morley’s Pawnbroker shop on Fitzroy Street. The family lived at 2 Abbey Road (1901) and 7 Abbey Road (at least 1911 onwards).
Their second son Arthur Scarr Kirbyshire was noted in the newspapers in 1913 for being a ‘successful local candidate’ in the Natural Sciences Tripos at Downing College. Arthur was educated at the Higher Grade School and then the County School – going from there to Downing. The Cambridge Independent Press [20 June 1913] noted that ‘As Mr Kirbyshire was a victim some time ago of a severe illness his success must be very gratifying to his friends’.
Elizabeth Kirbyshire died at 7 Abbey Road aged 70 years old.
Arthur Kirbyshire (c.1858 – 4 February 1934)
Arthur was the son of Edward and Mary Kirbyshire. His father was a police constable, and Arthur grew up at 36 Willow Place and then 119 Gwydir Street (1871/1881). By 1881 he was working as a pawn brokers assistant. He is described as a pawnbroker manager in 1901/1911, but by 1930 had an occupation of ‘pawnbroker and clothier’. He died at 7 Abbey Road in 1934 aged 76 years old.
Edward Herbert Kirbyshire (1888 – 18 January 1914)
Edward was the eldest son of Arthur and Elizabeth Kirbyshire. He grew up at 2 Abbey Road. He worked as a pastry chef at New College in Oxford. He married Alice Victoria Lofts at Abbey Church in Cambridge on 4th October 1913.
He died just over three months later, aged 25 years old. Newspaper reports of his death at the time reported ‘he was taken ill suddenly last term and was confined to his bed until his death. Mr Kirbyshire had been married only three months, and great sympathy has been shown with his bereaved wife in her loss‘. He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 22nd January.
by Claire Martinsen